My name is Marilyn Collier, but the penname is Mari Collier. I was born in Lincoln Township, Audubon, Iowa. Yes, people still refer to the townships there. I started writing for the Audubon Advocate (Audubon, Iowa) when I was thirteen. The pay wasn't much for the work involved, but I loved it. My writing continued off and on for years.
Children prompted me to invent a bedtime story as my father had done. One was sold to a children's magazine. Then I went to work and writing took a back burner until we moved from Arizona to Western Washington.
I found the greatest employer imaginable in Washington. Nintendo of America paid me to talk, read, write, and play games. It was intense at times, but truly enjoyable.
My husband and I returned to the desert where I became involved with the greatest little museum in the world. How many museums would have a Weed Show? I write two columns for their Old Schoolhouse Journal.
To ease the solitude of writing, I joined the Desert Writers Guild of Twentynine Palms. Each year we publish an anthology of over 100 pages. Our latest one has desert based stories, with recipes to match..
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